Israel’s 60th Birthday

In Diaspora: Travel, Reflections, and a mind on Justice. by Dave
September 3, 2009, 12:29 pm
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In Diaspora is a touching account of the return home to Palestine of a Palestinian-America woman.  As a sample of her work I’ve included her post on her visit to her grandparents village, Umm el Zeinat, from which her family was uprooted in 1948.

As planned, yesterday we returned to my ancestral village, Umm el Zeinat, near Daliyat al Karmel, on Mount Karmel, in Haifa.  Of course when I say “return” this is much greater than my brother and me.  This return is about my family, about an oppression that they, along with all the people of Umm el Zeinat and the people of the other 500 destroyed villages of Palestine had to endure.  What we undertook is the greatest act of resistance against the Zionist movement.  Three generations later we remember, and though not under our own conditions, we return to a village from which they hoped to erase our traces.

On our way into the village we met a man and his wife, picking cactus fruit with their four children.  My uncle pulled over to ask then how well they knew the village.  As it turns out they are from the Fahmawi family of Umm el Zeinat.  We told them we were returning and they offered to guide us through the village.  Of course all that is left of the village is rubble from demolished homes, overgrown shrubbery, and trees– both indigenous and those planted by the state in an attempt to make it seem as though no one ever lived there.

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Michael Jackson: They Don’t Really Care About Us by Dave
July 15, 2009, 12:15 pm
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An excellent Michael Jackson / Palestine remix video by my good friend Jihane. European colonialism continues to ravage Palestine.

Israel celebrates 61 years! by Dave
May 5, 2009, 10:58 am
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Israel celebrates 61 years.

Obama congratulates Israel on 61 anniversary by Dave
April 30, 2009, 1:45 pm
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Obama congradulates European colonisers for ethnically cleansing native Palestinians 61 years past – a process that continues to this day.  From the Jpost:

The US bond with Israel is “as unshakeable as ever” as both nations pursue peace, President Obama said on Israel’s 61st birthday.

“On behalf of the people of the United States, President Obama congratulates the people and government of Israel on the 61st anniversary of Israel’s independence,” said the statement issued Tuesday by the White House. “The United States was the first country to recognize Israel in 1948, minutes after its declaration of independence, and the deep bonds of friendship between the US and Israel remain as strong and unshakable as ever.

“The President looks forward to working with Israel to advance our common interests, including the realization of a comprehensive peace in the Middle East, ensuring Israel’s security, and strengthening the bilateral relationship, over the months and years to come,” the statement continued.

Israel at 61: Denial of Catastrophe is at the root of the ‘conflict’ by Dave
April 30, 2009, 1:19 pm
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The following is by Lia Tarachansky a producer and journalist for The Real News Network.

As we celebrate the sixty-first anniversary of the creation of our state, Palestinians commemorate their Catastrophe, al-Nakba in Arabic. After all these years, it is time for us to recognize what has happened, and continues to happen in our name, and by hour hands.

Our national denial of the events of 1948, of the dispossession of at least 418 Palestinian villages, is at the root of our so-called conflict.  Many historians have uncovered what has actually happened, though the Israeli state and its educational system refuse to change the denial narrative.

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Long Live Palestine – LowKey by Dave
March 14, 2009, 1:41 pm
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Great tune, great refrain – free, free Palestine.  Thanks to Pulse.

Israeli Apartheid Week 2009 Trailer by Dave
February 21, 2009, 10:18 pm
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Excellent short animation announcing Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW).  From the website PULSE.  Watch the 2008 trailer here.